When you connect to a network, Windows 7 performs some tests to determine the type of connection — the Internet or a more limited network. These tests include downloading a web page from a dedicated Microsoft server and performing a DNS request. These tests are performed by Windows Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI). If you do not like these tests, then you can turn them off. Here is how :
- Press the key combination Windows logo key + R to open the Run dialog.
- Type gpedit.msc in the Run dialog and press Enter.
- In the Local Group Policy Editor navigate to
Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → System → Internet Communication Management → Internet Communication Settings.
- You would find a setting on the right hand side pane — Turn Off Windows Network Connectivity Status Indicator active tests as shown,
- Double-click on this setting and choose Enabled and then click OK.
- Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.